by Brian Carroccio Was it just me, or did anyone else find it ironic that the loudest complaints about the rules came from those unable to follow them? I speak, of course, about the rather bizarre qualifying session this past Friday for the Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, in which 13 of 47 would-be qualifiers were unable to get through inspection in time to make a first round qualifying attempt. Thus, those 13 drivers were eliminated from qualifying. Amongst those who failed to make it through inspection were star drivers Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. And why were these drivers and others unable to get through inspection?
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson picked up his first win of the season and virtually locked himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup field with a commanding performance in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on a final restart with 14 laps to go and then bested Kevin Harvick by nearly two seconds to collect his 71st-career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. Earnhardt, Jr. was third, followed
by Pete McCole Matt Crafton proved to be unbeatable in Saturday night's Hyundai 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading 84 of the final 85 laps to win his sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Crafton, the defending two-time series champion, beat out Ty Dillon by over nine seconds, while polesitter Ben Kennedy rallied late to finish third. Rookie Daniel Suarez and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored his 45th-career Xfinity Series victory with a dominating performance in Saturdayâ€™s Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick led 101 of the 163 laps and won the battle off pit road during the final round of pit stops to take the lead with 25 laps to go. Harvick then held off Joey Logano over the final laps to collect his third straight Atlanta Xfinity Series victory. Ty Dillon finished third, followed by Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano's week just keeps getting better as the defending Daytona 500 winner took the pole for Sundayâ€™s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after topping Friday night's chaotic qualifying session that saw only 34 cars take to the track to post a qualifying time. Logano's lap of 22.447 seconds (194.683 mph) in the no. 22 Ford was enough to knock Kevin Harvick off the top spot for his ninth-career Coors Light Pole Award.
by Pete McCole Team Penske's Joey Logano captured his first career Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, holding off a surging Kevin Harvick in a final three-lap, green-white-checkered finish to bring home a second Daytona 500 trophy for team owner Roger Penske. Logano was well out in front of the pack when a crash on the backstretch brought out the final yellow flag on the white flag lap, freezing the field to give Logano the victory.
by Pete McCole Ryan Reed survived a wild, wreck-filled race and topped a final five-lap dash to the finish to win his first career NASCAR victory in Saturdayâ€™s season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Reed passed Brad Keselowski in the final turn of the last lap and held off his teammate Chris Buescher to take the checkered flag, earning Roush Fenway Racing their first ever Daytona victory.
Brian Carroccio & Pete McCole AR1 Head-to-Head is back. Today, NASCAR Correspondent Pete McCole and columnist Brian Carroccio go at it ahead of Sunday's 57th installment of the Great American Race. What teams and drivers have the advantage heading into Sunday's race? Who might pull off a surprise victory? What do they think of last weekend's goofy qualifying procedure? When will see the 'Big One'? Brian and Pete have the answers to these questions and more.
by Brian Carroccio The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off this evening at Daytona International Speedway with Tyler Reddick taking victory the NextEra Energy Resources 250 tonight at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first career win for the driver of the #19 Draw Tite Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Kyle Busch Motorsports' Erik Jones made a daring last lap outside pass coming to the tri-oval to finish second 0.174 seconds behind Reddick.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced Friday afternoon that they have â€œindefinitelyâ€ suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch amid allegations of a domestic altercation with his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Raceway last September. The decision comes just hours after a Delaware court released its findings concerning an order of protection that was granted on Monday by Kent County family court commissioner David Jones.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jimmie Johnson used the power of the Hendrick Motorsports Chevy engines, just as Dale Earnhardt Jr. did in Duel 1 by easily holding off all challengers to win the 2nd Budweiser Duel race at Daytona Thursday night ahead of Kyle Busch who had nothing for him with his Toyota. Greg Biffle finished 3rd ahead of Carl Edwards, now driving a Joe Gibbs Toyota. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5.
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